We have a prayer request for Anniston. A few weeks ago, we took her for a check-up with her cardiologist in Jackson, and the doctor noticed that Anniston's aorta has narrowed a good bit since her surgery. This Thursday at 8am, she will have an outpatient procedure (not surgery) called a heart catheterization where a thin, long tube will be inserted into her upper leg (the femoral artery) and will travel all the way up to her heart so that a balloon can be dilated in her aorta to open up the portion of her aortic arch that has narrowed. The balloon will then be removed, and we are praying that the aorta will remain open and that there will be no further narrowing in the future!
Now, I have debated sharing this with you guys because I do not want any unnecessary worrying to take place. She really is doing great, and this request is not nearly as big of a hurdle as her surgery was, BUT do I want you to know what is going on because so many of you have been faithful to pray for Anniston with a fervency I never expected on her behalf (and on behalf of our entire family, for that matter). Thank you again for that. From the bottom of my heart...thank you.
There are once again so many things that we HAVE to give God the glory for in this situation. Anniston is eating beautifully! She has gained weight very well...don't get me wrong, she's still a pretty small girl, but her cardiologist was VERY pleased with her weight gain, especially considering the fact that her heart has had to pump harder with the narrowing which, according to her doctor, would cause her to burn more calories. God is good!! She smiles all the time and plays and kicks much harder than you would expect. And, from the beginning, her doctors have ALWAYS said that she "clinically looks great." We have a healthy girl!
Thank you for praying for a successful procedure and for continued peace (and no worry!) for me and Stan.
*Also, my mom's having an outpatient procedure on her shoulder tomorrow, and I know she would greatly appreciate your prayers as well :).